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Verizon Hosts First Responder Event PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:31

Hundreds of first responders and industry partners gathered last week for Operation Convergent Response 2018 (#OCR2018), an immersive learning experience for first responders that shows them how emerging technology can be used to help them save lives. Every second counts during a crisis, and #OCR2018 attendees took part in activities designed to actively show them how various technology tools can be used in real-life situations. Telecom Review recently visited with Nick Nilan of Verizon to learn more for our readers.

Verizon and Nokia, in collaboration with the Guardian Centers, hosted #OCR2018 at the Guardian Centers campus in Perry, Ga. In this, the event’s second year, first responders had even more opportunities to see technology in action and learn from industry experts through live disaster demonstrations and industry-leading speakers. There were 103 different technology partners including Verizon at the event. Further, the solutions showcase provided #OCR2018 attendees a chance to learn about the individual technology solutions behind each scenario. Attendees also participated in immersive learning experiences, including rappelling, driving an armored vehicle and more.

Verizon introduced their “Real Time Response System” product at the event. This can correlate data from city sensors for such things as video feeds and gunshot sounds to help in new smart city environments. In addition, they introduced the SPOT product. This is the satellite Pico cell on a trailer. All of these fit nicely with the advent of 5G sand its sensor capabilities.

The scenarios demonstrated at OCR are realistic situations the law enforcement and society face, allowing attendees to evaluate how technology can be used. #OCR2018 underscores the commitment of all OCR partners to investing in innovation for public safety and engaging public safety professionals in experiences that can help them understand available technology.

“It’s good for first responders to be able to see technology in use during real-life situations,” said Major Sharif Chochol, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. “My department is currently implementing technology that I saw at last year’s event, and this year we learned about more technology that can help the department. There’s just so much here to see.”

“Technology can improve how first responders fulfill their mission, and Verizon provides the connectivity to enable that technology,” said Nick Nilan, Verizon Director of Public Safety Product Development. “For OCR, we work with our event partners, Nokia, Aegex Technologies and the Guardian Centers, as well as nearly 100 other technology providers, to showcase cutting-edge advancement in a variety of scenarios.”